COLIBI About Dumping Case: ‘Neutral Position, But No Higher Costs
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (May 7) – “In this case we don’t support neither SRAM nor Shimano. As COLIBI we take a neutral position.” This comment on the preliminary findings by the EC in the dumping charges made by SRAM against Shimano was made by René Takens. Next to Accell Group NV President he is also the […]
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (May 7) – “In this case we don’t support neither SRAM nor Shimano. As COLIBI we take a neutral position.” This comment on the preliminary findings by the EC in the dumping charges made by SRAM against Shimano was made by René Takens. Next to Accell Group NV President he is also the Chairman of COLIBI, the ‘Comité de Liaison des Fabricants Européens de Bicyclettes’ or the liaison committee for European bicycle manufacturers. In addition to the neutral position, he is quick to add that the industry wants to avoid by all means higher costs coming from the SRAM – Shimano dumping case.
“The fact that dumping has been established in this case by the EC is to the advantage of SRAM,” continues Takens. “However, it could also be a disadvantage for the bicycle industry as a whole. Especially when the final verdict by the EC will lead to price increases. And it looks like that, SRAM will increase its prices when Shimano internal hub gears will be hit with a dumping duty. Of course we realize that SRAM wants to protect its interests. But the same goes for the bicycle industry. In this case SRAM is not making a lot of friends.” About competition differences with East European bicycle producers that could occur when Shimano internal hub gears are faced with a dumping duty, Takens said. “That could happen, I don’t know. What I do know however is that Shimano and SRAM hub gear components are hard to exchange. Next to that consumers are asking for Shimano components. SRAM will not accomplish anything with this case unless they use it to raise their prices. But looking at prices than it is striking that the Shimano internal hub gears are more expensive than the SRAM ones. With that in mind and regarding the fact that at this moment there are only two suppliers of internal hub gears operating on the European market, I find it hard to comprehend why the European Commission accepted this dumping complaint. But as I said, as COLIBI we take a neutral position but next to that we want to avoid by all means higher costs for internal hub gears.” (JO)